Dr. Iliana Nikolaou graduated from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has a doctorate in Constitutional Law from the Aristotelion University of Thessalonika. Her Doctoral thesis on “The control of the constitutionality of laws and the distribution of responsibilities of the organs of State in Cyprus” was published by the Centre of European Constitutional Law in Athens.
In 1981 she was appointed as a Legal Assistant at the High Court and worked with Judge George M. Piki, who went on to become President of the High Court. She was a member of the Committee for the Preparation of Laws at the Justice Ministry working on the modernization of Family Law. In 1990 she was appointed as a Judge of the newly formed Family Court and in 1992 was appointed President of the same Court. Up until 1992 she edited the content and syntax of the legal periodical “Cyprus Law Review”. From 1998-2010 she held the position of Ombudsperson of the Republic of Cyprus. She was a member of the Committee against racism and bigotry of the Council of Europe, and on the Board of Directors of the European Observatory against racism in Vienna. She is General Secretary of the Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law and member of the Agency for Fundamental Rights (F.R.A.) of the European Union. Her articles and studies, mainly on Constitutional and Family Law and Human Rights, have been published in scientific periodicals both in Cyprus and abroad. Since September 2010 she has been a visiting professor of Administrative Law and Human Rights at the Law School of the University of Cyprus.